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SLICE OF NEW YORK: New York Magazine on Monday signaled that it isn’t immune to the recession. The media company laid off staffers across several divisions, including senior editor Jesse Oxfeld, who had been with New York since 2006, first joining as a senior editor on nymag.com. Oxfeld told portfolio.com he was being let go as the magazine integrates the staff from the Web site’s Daily Intel section with the Intelligencer section. Sources said around five or six people were let go in total, a small percentage of New York’s nearly 300 employees. “New York Media, like every responsible company in this economic climate, is cutting costs and finding efficiencies as we plan for the year ahead,” said a spokeswoman. Though the magazine still plans to publish spin-offs including its twice annual Weddings and fashion special, Look, the company is mulling frequency plans for each as of now.
The cuts come on the heels of the departure in November of Gael Greene, a food writer for the magazine for 40 years. Adam Moss, New York’s editor in chief, told The New York Times Greene “was laid off — there is no elegant expression for it,” because New York could no longer afford four food critics. Adam Platt, Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite remain food columnists for the magazine. — Stephanie D. Smith